Enjoy the Swiss hospitality, food and the beauty of the Alps. Begin in Zurich a city of great charm. Next travel to Lucerne located at the base of the Alps and enjoy a full day excursion to Alpnachstad. You will enjoy some of the most panoramic views while driving to Interlaken and Zermatt that hosts the highest mountain peak. Continue towards Italy as we arrive in Milan for an overnight stay and then on to Venice for a 2-night stay. It is followed by a 7-night cruise sailing from Venice to the Greek Isles and Adriatic coast.
Day 1 Depart CANADA
Day 2 Zurich, SWITZERLAND Hotel Stay
Day 3 Zurich, SWITZERLAND Hotel Stay
Day 4 Lucerne, SWITZERLAND Hotel Stay
Day 5 Lucerne, SWITZERLAND Hotel Stay
Day 6 Zermatt, SWITZERLAND Hotel Stay
Day 7 Zermatt, SWITZERLAND Hotel Stay
Day 8 Milan, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 9 Venice, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 10 Venice, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 11 Venice, ITALY Embark
Day 12 Kotor Bay, MONTENEGRO 2 pm 8 pm
Day 13 Corfu, GREEK ISLE 9 am 4 pm
Day 14 Santorini, GREEK ISLE 2 pm 10 pm
Day 15 Mykonos, GREEK ISLE 7 am 2 pm
Day 16 Argostoli, GREEK ISLE 9 am 3 pm
Day 17 Dubrovnik, CROATIA 7 am 1 pm
Day 18 Venice, ITALY Disembark
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Day 1 – Thursday / September 17, 2020 DEPART CANADA
Meet your host at the Toronto airport for your Air Canada flight departure to Zurich, Switzerland.
Day 2 – Friday / September 18, 2020 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (L)
Welcome to Zurich! Meet our local guide upon arrival at the airport and transfer to the city for a short city tour with photo stop of city hall and the old town. Discover the spectacular sights of Zurich on a comprehensive 2-hour coach tour of the vibrant Swiss city. Cruise past legendary landmarks like the sophisticated Bahnhofstrasse and admire the shimmering surface of Lake Zurich as you listen to illuminating commentary from a knowledgeable guide. See the sacred St Peter’s Church and the charming Old Town and stop for a quick photo of the city hall and the old town. Lunch at a local restaurant, then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Afternoon is free and dinner on your own. Accommodation: HOTEL RENAISSANSE ZURICH TOWER or similar (2 nights).
Day 3 – Saturday / September 19, 2020 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by coach for a full day excursion to Schaffhausen/Stein am Rhein. View the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen and free time for lunch on your own. Sit back and relax on a comfortable coach while listening to your guide introduce Switzerland’s interesting history and culture. The journey takes you through picturesque landscape with gently rolling vineyards and charming villages near the German border. After a photo stop at the wonderful medieval Laufen Castle, arrive at the waterfall and enjoy approximately one-hour leisure time at the mighty Rhine Falls, one of Switzerland’s major attractions. Capture stunning photographs of the cataract, the fizzy waters of the basin below and the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Continue to Schaffhausen with its famous Munot Fortress, passing through the beautiful countryside to the medieval town of Stein am Rhein. Your guide will tell you about the well-preserved town with its many distinctive buildings. Most of these half-timbered houses are made of stone with delicate wooden windows and exceptional frescoes. The most prominent of these houses is the White Eagle, whose fresco counts as the oldest preserved mural painting of the Renaissance in Switzerland. Transfer back in the afternoon to Zurich. Dinner will be served at hotel.
Day 4 – Sunday / September 20, 2020 ZURICH – LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out. Depart by coach to Lucerne with free time for lunch en-route. Upon arrival in Lucerne enjoy a panoramic city tour with view of Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. Explore the spectacular sights and cultural delights of Lucerne on a 2-hour walking tour with a local guide. Stroll the intimate tangle of alleyways in search of impressive monuments like Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) and the ancient Jesuit Church. Gaze at the metropolitan Culture and Congress Center, the Lion Monument and delve into the rich historical heritage of the city by listening to entertaining commentary from your guide. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. Accommodation: MONOPOL HOTEL or similar (2 nights).
Day 5 – Monday / September 21, 2020 LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your local guide and coach at hotel for full day excursion to Pilatus and visit Alpnachstad, Pilatus Kulm, and Kriens, with a one way 1st class ferry ride from Lucerne to Alpnachstad. Your tour begins with a boat trip on Lake Lucerne and a view of the surrounding mountains. The amazement continues. In Alpnachstad you will board the steepest cogwheel railway in the world to reach the summit of 2,132 opportunities. At 2,132 meters above sea level you will be received with the inimitable Pilatus warmth. The breathtaking panorama and view of the Alpine massif and its mountain range do their part to make your stay unforgettable. Lunch at Pilatus Kulm Restaurant You will glide down to Kriens on the aerial cableway Dragon Ride and on the Panorama gondolas. Lunch at Pilatus Kulm Restaurant. Transfer back to Lucerne with local guide and coach. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 6 – Tuesday / September 22, 2020 LUCERNE – INTERLAKEN – ZERMATT (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out. Depart by coach to Interlaken. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Interlaken with free time for lunch on your own. As a vacation destination and convention location of international importance, Interlaken is an ideal starting point for countless excursions. Visit Interlaken downtown: the famous “Bahnhofstreet” with its incredible watch shops. Take some pictures of the snow covered, most famous “Jungfrau” mountain from the Höhematte. Listen to the legendary myth of the “Hardermannli”, a man in stone who is named after the house mountain of Interlaken. Get fascinated by the Casino Kursaal and it’s flower sun watch. Continue transfer to Taesch, where you will board your one way train from Taesch to Zermatt. Luggage will be transferred separately from Taesch to the hotel in Zermatt. Upon arrival in Zermatt train station, meet electric taxi transfer to hotel for check-in. Dinner will be served at the hotel tonight. Accommodation: SCHWEIZERHOF HOTEL or similar (2 nights).
Day 7 – Wednesday / September 23, 2020 ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a half day excursion to Gornergrat. Meet your guide and take the cogwheel train from Zermatt to the Gornergrat. The ride takes about half an hour. It starts at an altitude of 1605 m and ends at 3090 m on the Gornergrat ridge. The train crosses forests and a high alpine landscape later on stops in four different stations along the way. Each of these stations is a great starting point for hiking. Once you reach the Gornergrat, you will have an amazing view of the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa massif. This includes the Dufourspitze (4634 metres), which is the highest peak in Switzerland. There is a hotel, a restaurant, and plenty of space to walk around and enjoy the scenery. Lunch on your own and afternoon free at your leisure. Dinner will be at a local restaurant.
Day 8 – Thursday / September 24, 2020 ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – MILAN, ITALY (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out. Meet electric taxi transfer from hotel to Zermatt train station to board your one way train from Zermatt to Taesch. Luggage will be transferred separately from hotel in Zermatt to Taesch train station. Meet your coach in Taesch and transfer to Milan with free time for your lunch on own en-route. Upon arrival in Milan, enjoy a guided panoramic city tour. See the sights as your guide helps you get immersed in the cultural, historical, and social life of this enchanting city. This amazing city boasts a dazzling concentration of world-class architecture, museums, piazzas, parks and monuments. Centre of fashion and business, Milan also has a wealth of impressive sights reflecting its long and checkered history. With artistic achievements spanning from the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neo-Classic to Art Nouveau, it shares an elegant mood adding a dash of its own savoir-faire. After the tour, transfer to the hotel for check-in. Tonight, dinner at a local restaurant near the hotel. Accommodation: HOTEL GRAND VISCONTI PALACE or similar (1 night).
Day 9 – Friday / September 25, 2020 MILAN – VERONA – VENICE, ITALY (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out. Depart to Venice with a stop in Verona for a visit to this fascinating city, famous for the Juliet & Romeo love story and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visit the Arena, the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans (outside) and then walk through its city centre to see Juliet’s balcony and the Piazza delle Erbe. After free time for lunch on your own, you’ll proceed on our journey to Venice. This evening, enjoy dinner at hotel or in a restaurant nearby the hotel. Accommodation: HOTEL MONACO or similar (2 nights).
Day 10 – Saturday / September 26, 2020 VENICE, ITALY (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice. Visit the landmarks and historical sites of the city centre (exteriors only): St. Mark’s Square and its monuments, S. Maria Formosa, the Church and Campo of S.S. Giovannie Paolo, Marco Polo’s house, Teatro Malibran, and the famous Mercerie. Free time for lunch on your own. In the afternoon you you will be taken to the embarkation point for your 30 minute gondola ride. Take a gondola ride along the most suggestive canals of Venice and part of the Grand Canal to discover its charming aspects. In the evening, dinner will be at a local restaurant nearby the hotel.
Day 11 – Sunday / September 27, 2020 VENICE – EMBARKATION (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check-out. Enjoy a half-day excursion by boat to the Lagoon to visit the islands of Murano and Burano. It is a unique experience which will lead you to the historic, artistic and popular heart of the northern part of the Venetian Lagoon. From the boat you can take some breathtaking photos of the Lagoon and its several islands. You will visit MURANO and BURANO which are the traditional destinations among the islands. Return to Venice Island and then transfer to the pier to embark on you cruise aboard the Norwegian Dawn, your home away from home for next 8 days while exploring the beautiful Adriatic coast and the Greek Isles.
Day 12 – Monday / September 28, 2020 KOTOR, MONTENEGRO (B/L/D)
Tucked away between the mountains and the Bay of Kotor, one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea, is where you’ll find the picturesque town of Kotor. As you arrive at this secluded city, you’ll notice the dramatic 65-foot high protective walls, which date back to the Venetian period during the 9th century. Stroll the labyrinth of cobbled streets with cozy cafes and craft shops as you marvel at the graceful old buildings. Listed as a UNESCO World Natural and Historical Heritage Site, Kotor is also world-famous as a premier yachting and sailing destination.
Day 13 – Tuesday / September 29, 2020 CORFU, GREECE (B/L/D)
One of the lushest of the Greek Isles, Corfu is rimmed in dramatic blue waters and topped with tranquil hillside villages. A collection of quaint cafes in the town of Corfu feels very continental, but the island’s secluded coves and sandy beaches could only be found in the Greek Isles.
Day 14 – Wednesday / September 30, 2020 SANTORINI, GREECE (B/L/D)
Whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of the sea cliffs have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island’s charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as the location of the lost city of Atlantis.
Day 15 – Thursday / October 1, 2020 MYKONOS, GREECE (B/L/D)
Mykonos is a classic Greek Island with whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and windmills. Add a reputation for beautiful beaches and you’ll understand why Mykonos is the most popular island in the Cyclades. Explore the island in a 4 x 4 or take a ferry to the tiny island of Delos.
Day 16 – Friday / October 2, 2020 ARGOSTOLI, KEFALONIA, GREECE (B/L/D)
Looking at picturesque Argostoli, you wouldn’t know it suffered a devastating earthquake in 1953. The city and its surrounding area are full of treasures, including a 12th-century Byzantine cathedral and beautiful 16th century frescoes. The nearby underground Lake of Melissani is simply magical. Enter the caves to find ancient stalactites, and marvel at the scattered rays of light beaming through, turning the water an intense blue.
Day 17 – Saturday / October 3, 2020 DUBROVNIK, CROATIA (B/L/D)
Despite the magnificent 13th century walls that surround the city, Dubrovnik is one of the most welcoming cruise destinations in all of Europe. Dubbed “the pearl of the Adriatic” by the poet, Lord Byron, this Croatian city exudes romantic charm and beautiful scenery with its shimmering marble streets, centuries-old buildings capped by bright orange roofs, and lovely beaches ensconced between awesome rocky ledges.
Day 18 – Sunday – October 4, 2020 VENICE – DISEMBARKATION – CANADA (B)
Breakfast on board, followed by disembarkation and transfer to the airport for your Air Canada flight homebound.
All prices are in Canadian dollars, per person and include:
Return airfare from TORONTO, for departures from OTTAWA add $200 per person. Other cities are upon request.
9 Nights in first class hotel accommodation.
Full buffet breakfast daily at each hotel. 7 Night cruise aboard NCL Norwegian DAWN.
8 Full Dinners and 2 Lunches during our land tour. All your meals during the cruise (B/L/D).
Locally guided tours as per our detailed itinerary. All gratuities for the shipboard crew.
All gratuities for local guides and drivers. All departure taxes and port fees and surcharges.
Fully Hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours. All luggage porter service at each hotel. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:
Inside Category “IB” $12,595
Outside Category “OB” $13,495
Balcony Category “BB” $14,995
Initial deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your space. Final payment is due by: MAY 21, 2020.
Please note a cancellation fee of $200 per person will apply for any cancellation prior to the final payment.
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1 – FREE Unlimited Beverage Package – Guest is responsible for 20% gratuities on the retail
value of the Ultimate Beverage Package prior to cruise in the amount of $26.00 per person per day.
2 – FREE Shore Excursion Credit – $50 USD per port shore excursion credit is per stateroom. Credit has no monetary
value and is non-refundable. In the event a port of call or excursion is missed, for any reason, no refund or credit
will be issued. Shore excursion credit is applicable for each port, including debarkation port, and is not transferable
to other ports. Use the credit or lose it. It does not include embarkation ports. Overnight stays count as one port.
3 – FREE Specialty Dining – On 7-night cruises 3 meal packages are available. Guest is responsible for
20% gratuities on the retail value of the Specialty Dining Package prior to cruise in the amount of $22.00.
4 – FREE Wi-Fi – Internet Package: 250 minutes is per stateroom. One login per stateroom, package includes activation fee.